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“Sombre.”
Review of Aitre St-Maclou

Aitre St-Maclou
Ranked #10 of 79 things to do in Rouen
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Former house used for the bodies of plague victims and current site of Rouen's Fine Art Academy.
Reviewed October 3, 2012

When I walked in I felt a bit on edge. On discovering that the square held the plague victims mass burial site I understood why! It is a strange sombre place..but well worth a visit for the architecture.

1  Thank Peniludez
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"art school"
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

It was interesting. It is very near Eglise St-Maclou and the Rouen Cathedral and takes only about 15 minutes.

3  Thank PebbleBCritic
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

A very interseting and unique site to see. A medieval plague cemetery with rare metalwork and carvings

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

The place is very strange. A square of death locked away from public view, yet right in the middle of Rouen. Grinning carved wooden skulls and crossed bones look down at you from the medieval half timbered buildings.

Yet the entrance is almost hidden, and it has only photocopied local government notices pinned up on its noticeboard. Maybe there's an interpretation place somewhere? Perhaps it was shut?

They certainly put on interesting plays and concerts, but these are mostly in French.

2  Thank notsosad
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Hidden away down an alley near St Maclou's church is this rather odd medieval set of buildings. Arranged around an open square, the black and white austere half-timbered buildings are decorated with symbols of the grim reaper. Grinning skulls, bones, scythes and shovels abound.

It is a grim memory of the plague and it's effects but now a beautiful, quiet space of contemplation.

In summer there are daily evening open air theatre performances here, but your French needs to be up to it!

1  Thank Piknmix
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